King Albert Park MRT Station
|Location||2 Blackmore Drive
|Operated by||SBS Transit DTL|
|Opened||27 December 2015|
King Albert Park MRT Station (DT6) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit station on the Downtown Line in Bukit Timah, Singapore. The station serves the Bukit Timah corridor at the junction between Bukit Timah Road and Blackmore Drive, in an area which is largely residential; and staff and students of the nearby Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore University of Social Sciences
The station is named after King Albert Park, an estate and road located within the vicinity of this station. Before the current name was finalized, this station was known by its working name "Blackmore". The station opened on December 27, 2015.
Residents of Maplewoods condominium are concerned about the safety of both drivers and pedestrians near the condominium and are hoping for better solutions to the problems resulting from the construction of the station along Upper Bukit Timah Road after a dialogue session with the Land Transport Authority and their MP for Holland-Bukit Timah Christopher de Souza.
The authorities offered to retain the footpath after pedestrian safety concerns were voiced. But keeping it meant the footpath will have to be narrowed to accommodate construction works. At the same time, proposals were also offered to re-draw the access into and out of the condominium for vehicular safety. Vehicles entering the launch shaft construction site will assemble opposite it and drive across the entrance.
The residents complained that the construction site for the tunnel boring machine is a little too close to home for residents at Maplewoods as it will be right up to their main entrance. They claimed that is an accident waiting to happen. Construction works thus ceased on 6 June 2011.
After further delays, on 12 July 2011 work on the train station along Bukit Timah Road resumed and picked up pace again within three days after work was stopped by the Maplewood residents who demanded that a launch shaft for a tunnelling machine to be sited at Sixth Avenue, but authorities have studied this proposal and found it not feasible, since the shophouses there will have to make way for construction works.
Soil near station sinks
About 25-metre (82 ft) of the rightmost two lanes on Bukit Timah Road has been closed off to traffic after a nearby drain embankment caved in on 17 January 2012 in the course of tunnelling works for the Downtown Line. Engineers found a 14m precast segment of the Bukit Timah canal wall near the junction of Bukit Timah Road and Clementi Road dislodged, and some gaps in the ground were formed around that segment of the canal. It then stopped its tunnelling works to ensure safety and has begun to inject cement to stabilise the ground.
Art and Station Design
"The Natural History of Singapore's Mythical Botanic Creatures" by the "Artists Caravan" is an artwork illustrating the position between natural and built habitats in the environment. It also instigates curious cues to activate dialogue of the oscillating environment.
The King Albert MRT Station and its adjoining stations, Tan Kah Kee and Sixth Avenue, are designed to represent the natural elements of air, fire, and water. The King Albert Station design represents the element of air and features many blue .
|B1||Concourse||Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter|
|B2||Platform B||Downtown Line towards via Chinatown → Sixth Avenue
|Platform A||Downtown Line towards via Bukit Panjang ← Beauty World|
- A: Bukit Timah Railway Bridge, Covenant Community Methodist Church, Methodist Girls' School
- B: Sime Darby Centre
|Destination||First Train||Last Train|
|Mon – Sat||Sunday &
|to DT1 Bukit Panjang||6.07am||6.27am||12.38am|
|to DT19 Chinatown||5.39am||5.59am||11.44pm|
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